Second Central Asian Research Forum on Sustainable Development and Innovation

Second Central Asian Research Forum on Sustainable Development and Innovation took place in the UK at Loughborough University on 18 March and in Nur-Sultan at the Astana International Financial Centre on 4 April 2019

On 18th March 2019, the first stage of the Second Central Asian Research Forum on Sustainable Development and Innovation was held at Loughborough University, one of the UK’s leading research universities. Young Kazakh scientists presented their scientific projects aimed at ensuring the sustainable development of the entire Central Asian region.

The forum was organized by the Kazakhstan PhD Association in the UK (Research Committee) with the support of the Administration of the President of Kazakhstan, Embassy of Kazakhstan in the United Kingdom, The British-Kazakh Society and other companies.

Alen Kuspanov, UN Volunteer at UNDP Kazakhstan, made his contribution in presenting the results of the project “Derisking Renewable Energy Investment” and the value of young volunteers in local environment-oriented development. The objective of the project is to promote private sector investment in renewable energy in Kazakhstan to achieve Kazakhstan’s 2030 and 2050 targets for renewable energy, scaling-up the share deployment of renewable energy sources in electricity generation, from a 0.77% share of renewable energy to a 10% share by 2030.

The participation of the UN Volunteer in the forum was made possible due to the UNV learning allowance, which is great opportunity for UN Volunteers to increase knowledge and show presentable skills.

On 4th April 2019, the second stage of the Forum took place in Nur-Sultan at the Astana International Financial Centre. The Forum brought together PhD Candidates, early career researchers, academics, executive and senior managers in Investment, Enterprise, Business and Industry, public sector, and the STEAM education community.

Mr. Norimasa Shimomura, UN Resident Coordinator in for Kazakhstan, spoke at the Forum about SDGs and sustainable development. Firuz Ibrohimov, Chief Technical Advisor at UNDP office in Kazakhstan spoke on the topic “Mind Your Step! –An experimental Gender Tool for ABS value chains in Kazakhstan”.

More information is provided at the website of the Kazakhstan PhD Association in the UK – https://www.kpauk.org/